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Notebook: Jeff Long Mauls Explanation of ESPN Deal; Todd Chapman Wins Big 12 Coach of the Year

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Three questions entering the summer: KU tight ends and fullbacks
How much will Miles and staff use bigger personnel?

One of the biggest things I will be looking for this fall with this new KU team will be how it utilizes its big bodies in the run game. At past stops, Miles has been all about getting the biggest bodies on the field to help the running backs get downhill and into the second level of the defense. I don’t see why that will be any different this time around.

KBCA picks KU signee Christian Braun as Mr. Kansas Basketball
The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association named Braun as Mr. Kansas Basketball — the award for top player in the state — which was announced on May 1. Rick Peterson of the Topeka Capital-Journal reported the news first.

KU's Todd Chapman named Big 12 women's tennis coach of the year |
KU coach Todd Chapman on Wednesday was named the Big 12’s coach of the year after leading the Jayhawks to a 19-4 record entering NCAA Tournament play this weekend.

KU men's golf selected to fourth-straight NCAA Regional Championship |
For the fourth consecutive season, the Kansas men's golf will be competing in the NCAA Regional Championship after receiving an at-large bid on Wednesday. The Jayhawks will be traveling to Stanford, California, to compete at the Stanford Golf Course.

Kansas baseball pushes past Air Force for midweek split |
In one of its most complete offensive performances of the season, the Kansas baseball team defeated Air Force, 11-6, Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Field.

Hoppel named Big 12 Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week |
Hoppel, the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field national champion in the 800-meter run, continued his unbeaten streak in individual races for 2019. Hoppel won his 13th-straight at the National Relay Championships, finishing first in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:45.87, which ranks No. 1 in the West region, No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 8 in the world this season.

Jeff Long breaks down what Big 12/ESPN rights deal means for KU
Part of the agreement deemed the Big 12 football championship would be shown on ABC or ESPN through 2024. It also focused on bringing hundreds of events, "including exclusive football and basketball games, as well as multiple other sports, conference championships and original content" to the ESPN+ platform.

For Les Miles and Kansas football, the only way to go is up
Les Miles, the grass-chomping, self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado who won two SEC championships and a national championship at LSU before being fired four games into the 2016 season, has returned to the sport he loves so dearly. But now, he is faced with the monumental challenge of making Kansas relevant again.

Other Sports News

When Dame Time is delayed, the other Blazers are right on time
Damian Lillard sat on a stool in a ballroom in sweatpants and sliders at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown on Tuesday with an iPad on his lap, about to head to a video session to comb through Game 1. The Portland Trail Blazers felt as if they had played well, but self-inflicted wounds -- such as turnovers -- and a monster game from Nikola Jokic undid an otherwise dazzling performance from Lillard that has seemingly become a standard.

Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched from race
Mandella told reporters that Omaha Beach has an entrapped epiglottis. The epiglottis is a triangle-shaped piece of cartilage that is at the base of the airway above the soft palate. Because of its location, an entrapped epiglottis can cause difficulties breathing and would make it difficult to run a race without reversing the issue.

IAAF will ignore court, apply testosterone rules
Track and field's governing body will immediately apply its testosterone regulations to the 1,500 meters, president Sebastian Coe said Thursday, ignoring advice from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Source - Martin likely to Raiders after Crowell loss
Martin's anticipated return comes after Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles tendon during a workout with the team Tuesday and was ruled out for the season, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

Assistant: Miller paid $10K per month to Ayton
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday played a recording to a jury of a phone call in which former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson told aspiring agent Christian Dawkins that Wildcats coach Sean Miller was paying star center Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month while he was enrolled at the school.

Other News

Family of slain UNC Charlotte student: We're 'beyond proud' of his actions
Howell, 21, was one of the two people killed in a campus shooting Tuesday at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that also left four other students wounded.

Climate change: UK 'can cut emissions to nearly zero' by 2050 - BBC News
The UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050, a report says.

Police search for wanted man in Flathead | KECI
Columbia Falls Police are asking the public for help in the search for a wanted man who has been charged with failure to appear and a DUI. Johnathan Daniel Wright is 34-years-old and his last know location is Kalispell. (Ed note - read this article if you ever wanted to know what Abraham Lincoln would look like if he was a tweaker)

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